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PTSD Now Included In Florida Workers’ Compensation

Post-traumatic stress disorder or (PTSD as its’ often referred to), is a very serious psychological medical condition. It affects a person’s everyday life, impacting their relationships and ability to work. As a result, the State of Florida has finally passed legislation to have this covered under the workers’ compensation system effective 10/01/18, but only for firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, police and or other first responders. That’s because they typically have to deal with psychological trauma directly related to their jobs.

Until this law was passed and before any treatment and or lost wages could be awarded to someone suffering from PTSD, a physical injury was also required. This is called the “impact rule”. A firefighter who was an advocate for this new law testified that it is a silent killer and therefore anyone who struggles with it needs treatment even if there was no accompanied physical injury.

If you suffer from PTSD arising out of work as a firefighter, EMT, paramedic, police and or other type of first responder position, you need to discuss your case immediately with a Coral Springs Workers’ Compensation Lawyer. If you have previously filed a PTSD workers’ comp claim that was denied, it’s important to know that you are not alone. The law is now on your side and therefore you have the right to collect workers’ compensation benefits from this often debilitating medical condition.

The Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld, P.A. works hard to assist clients in and around the Coral Springs area and will fight for your rights to get the benefits you deserve. Contact the law office at your earliest convenience to speak with a Coral Springs Workers’ Compensation lawyer about your case. If you or a loved one are suffering from PTSD related to a workplace injury or event, contact The Law Offices of Evan M. Ostfeld, P.A. Evan and his team can be reached at (866) I SUE YOU, (866) 478-3968, (954) 227-7529 or evan@attorney4life.com.